100 Days of Awesome: Day 4 – Franks with Friends

100 Days of Awesome is about helping people. It’s about unleashing, recognizing, realizing, and living in your awesomeness. You are awesome. It’s so true. Maybe sometimes more so than you even know—and at other times less so than you think. Take the challenge. Join the adventure. Dedicate an hour a day to being awesome by making someone else’s life more awesome. Post your stories. Share your adventure. I’d love to hear all about it. You can follow along with my 100 Days of Awesome everyday right here.

Thanks for reading!

  
Sometimes you just need to fire up the ol’ grill and cook some hotdogs. Today was absolutely one of those days. But what makes a frank even better is when you’re grilling it up for a friend.

Out pal Tosha just graduated from college. She has overcame some truly amazing obstacles for someone so young. And we wanted to celebrate her and her accomplishments. So my awesome wife came up with the idea that we should grill hotdogs. 

My wife hates hotdogs. Like for real.

But that’s part of what makes this awesome. She bought the hotdogs, invited our friend. Planned the whole thing. Eating with people is awesome.

Celebrating people is more awesome.

Celebrate somebody today. Now, I need to go eat some hotdogs. 

Stay awesome!

100 Days of Awesome: Day 3 – Fireball

100 Days of Awesome is about helping people. It’s about unleashing, recognizing, realizing, and living in your awesomeness. You are awesome. It’s so true. Maybe sometimes more so than you even know—and at other times less so than you think. Take the challenge. Join the adventure. Dedicate an hour a day to being awesome by making someone else’s life more awesome. Post your stories. Share your adventure. I’d love to hear all about it. You can follow along with my 100 Days of Awesome everyday right here.

  
Fireballs are awesome. Roadside fireballs are more awesomer. Except for that one time in Guatemala when a street performer almost spit one onto my bus. That wasn’t awesome. But this most recent fireball that I encountered was crazy awesome.
Except that I don’t mean the good kind of awesome.

We were driving along the road and BOOM there is this giant plume of dark smoke (not good) shooting up into the air. We were maybe a mile away driving through hills and woods. I told my pal Aaron this wasn’t going to be good.

We round the corner and. BAM! Sure enough. It was bad.

Some dude was standing in the highway about 40 yards down a slight hill. A car, presumably his, engulfed in flames on the side of the road. In the woods. In summer. This is not ok.

As we approach we slow to see if the guy is ok and ask how we can help. What did this guy do? He waved us off. He didn’t want our help. Ok, now this just seemed sketchy. Why would a guy who’s car is obviously a raging inferno just a few yards away not want us to stop and help.

Given that we were in the middle of nowhere—the kind of place were the trees themselves seem to reverberate with dueling banjos—we acquiesced to his apparent wish. We did not stop. We drove on. Right past the fireball that could have at some point in the none-too-distant past been a fairly nice yellow automobile.

Wow. It. Was. Hot. 

I could easily feel it through the car door. It’s power was intimidating. We drove on. Thankfully we met a firetruck on its way to the scene.

Because firemen are awesome.



Thanks for reading. Stay awesome.

~ Nate

100 Days of Awesome: Day 2 – Guilt

 
One of my favorite things that I get to do from time to time is to speak to groups of students. Today, my friend Aaron and I made a trip north to the tiny town of Marshall, AR to speak at a church. It was, in a word, awesome. 

I spoke about guilt. Why? Because it’s something we all struggle with.

But if I have learned anything at all on my journey with God; its this…

Guilt is banished by love and truth; Fear-of-God deflects evil. (Proverbs 16:6 MSG)

God’s love is amazing. We all have done things we are guilty of. We carry that guilt around. Many of us have had things done to us we had no control over, and often we carry guilt around for those as well.

Guilt is dangerous. It’s like a slow fire that burns and burns until one day there is nothing left. Guilt is disastrous. However, guilt can be banished.

If guilt is a fire that burns. Love is an action that walks into the flames. Jesus is that love. He comes into the middle of our guilt and stands in the gap.

Jesus is also our truth. He said it himself…

I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except by me. (John 14:6 NIV)

If guilt is a fire that burns, and love runs into the flames, truth overcomes the fire itself.

The facts are in. Guilt comes via sin. Commission and omission. Sometimes given, sometimes received. The wages of sin really are death. But the truth of Jesus Christ is bigger than the fact of death.

Guilt is a fire. It burns. It can ruin you. And if you don’t fill your life with the love and truth of Christ—it will. Give it all to him. He can handle it. He’s awesome like that.

You can’t stand in the fire and be angry at the flames. 

Get rid of guilt. Get it gone. Pronto. Step in and step up to the good life God’s got for you. It’s bigger and better than your bad day.

Stay awesome.

100 Days of Awesome: Day 1 – Help

What if for the next 100 days we spent one hour a day doing something awesome? FYI, that’s totally doable. We can do it. You, me, and all of those yet to happen upon this happy little challenge.

That’s only sixty minutes a day, but it adds up to 6,000 minutes! That’s 360,000 seconds of awesome. 

Today I helped my friend. We moved his family’s stuff out of a hot moving truck into their new home. It was a very small act. It really didn’t take much time or effort. A couple of hours and a little sweat, at most. But after three laborious days full of moving madness my buddy and his family thought it was awesome. They were really grateful for the help.

Helping people is always awesome. 
What will you do to be awesome today? Will you join me and take the 100 Days of Awesome Challenge?

You can catch the 100 Days of Awesome daily update right here on the blog or on Periscope by following @nateking.

Stay awesome.

Deep Roots

 

Today’s my parents anniversary! God knew he’d have to put two amazing people together to come up with someone as epic as me… 

Joking aside, I’m so thankful for their values, authenticity, and faith—driven by a love and selflessness that has always modeled God’s love better than anything else. Faith has always came easy to me. I have had a lot of people ask me why that is over the years. I never knew quite how to answer that question until today. 
It’s easy for faith to grow strong in your life when your roots run deep.

Say a prayer for them today when you read this. My momma is taking care of my brother who is still recovering from surgery and my dad is no doubt in a watermelon patch. 
Thanks for reading. Go make a difference in someone’s life today.

Braille In The Mirror

Maybe it is a very common practice among businesses. Perhaps it happens all of the time and has so far gone entirely unnoticed by your’s truly. Even so, I have never before saw a Braille sign in the top corner of the mirror in a bathroom. But just the other day I saw exactly that while my family and I were out for evening meal.

Why!? Why would anyone put a braille sign in the top corner of the bathroom mirror? Sure beats me.

I don’t want to sound insensitive or anything. Maybe it’s completely entirely a common practice to put Braille signs in places that seem strange to the non-vision impaired. Or maybe proprietors of this establishment put the sign up because it was a sign they are required by law or health code or something to display. I feel that this is probably the case.

Sometimes in our society we seem to do a great many things like this. We take things that have a purpose and we use them in ways that make no sense simply to fulfill some obligation. In our rush feel some requisite obligation we missed the point of the thing itself.

Haven’t you seen things like this? Have you done things like this? If I were to speak for you, and I would—if only for a moment, I would say yes. Yes, you have done this too. I most certainly have.

The government does it all the time. People in a mad rush to finish whatever they’ve begun do it as well. And oh man! Does the Church ever do it.

We never stop to think if the thing we’re doing that makes so much sense to us is in fact completely nonsensical. No we have requisite obligations to fulfill. We have behavior to police. We have culture to overwatch. We have morality to guard. We have judgment to pass?

How about we just stop right there. I’ve said enough. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments.